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Searches for Joe Biden surpass Donald Trump, Google Trends


Hamna Humail

03rd Nov, 2020. 06:03 pm
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As online interest in both presidential candidates increases going into Election Day, the number of searches for Joe Biden surpasses those for Donald Trump.

Google Trends reports that 50 percent of candidate searches are for the Democrat, with 44 percent for the Republican. Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian candidate is the subject of 5% of searches while 1% is for the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins.

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never ranked higher than Trump in Google searches during 2016, after Trump became the Republican Party’s nominee. Earlier, Trump led searches in 38 states on the eve of the 2016 Election Day.

Between November 2016 and that year’s Election Day, Trump comprised for about 55% of Google searches, as reported by Google Trends.

Google notes searches indicate curiosity about a candidate and “It should not be considered an indication of voter intent.” There was a rise between 18th October and 24th October in searches for Biden. The swing state of Pennsylvania was among the top five regions where the spike was observed.

By contrast, searches for “Trump” saw a sharp decline in October. Of the top five states searching the term, none are considered likely 2020 swing states by pollsters.

Google Trends data also showed that searches like “How to vote” spiked 1,000 percent (ten-fold) shortly before election. “Where do I vote” by 1,400 percent and “What time do polls open on Election Day?” by 700 percent.

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